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[Transparent prints published by Rudolph Ackermann]

London : Rudolph Ackermann, [1799]
Physical Description:
109 prints : aquatint
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NK2115 .T73 1799+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Series of transparent (or transparency) prints published by Rudolph Ackermann, ca. 1799. At about the same time, Ackermann published a pamphlet titled Instructions for painting transparencies, which included at end a 6 page catalog of "Transparencies published by R. Ackermann, no. 101, Strand, June 1, 1800." The catalog lists the titles of 89 transparent prints for sale by Ackermann, together with the price, artist, and engraver of each print. Ackermann published 109 transpaprent prints in the series. Cf. Rickards.
The prints are designed to be displayed in front of a bright light. The back of the print is painted with masses of tones and colors, which combined with bright light from behind, makes the scene on the front of the image transform with vivid lighting effects. Cf. Rickards.
Rickards, M. Encyclopedia of ephemera, p. 339
BAC: British Art Center has nos. 28 and 29 in the series of transparent prints, both dated June 20, 1799. In Ackermann's catalog, no. 28 is described as "Monks in procession, long square, 8 1/2 inches by 6/14; plain 2s., coloured 4s."; painted by [George] Holmes, engraved by Jenner [i.e., Isaak Jehner?]. No 29 is described as "Nuns in procession, same shape and price [as no. 28]"; painted by Holmes, engraved by Jenner.
Subject Terms:
Rites and ceremonies -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Transparent prints.
Ackermann, Rudolph, 1764-1834, publisher.
Jehner, Isaak, b. 1750, engraver.
Holmes, George, fl. 1789-1802, ill.

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